Sometimes you don’t want to be right on your technical limit or pumped full of adrenaline and just want to enjoy some fun and fast singletrack. If you’re in this sort of mellow frame of mind or are in a mixed-ability group of riders, then Newcastleton, on the Scottish-English border is the perfect place for some chilled out riding.
The less-technical nature of the trails here makes it perfect for 24-hour racing, which is why Newcastleton was the venue for the 2012 24 Hours of Exposure solo race.Racers in the 12/24 Hours of Exposure at Newcastleton
How to get there
From Carlisle, follow the A7 north towards Hawick.
After about 13 miles (just before Canonbie), turn right onto the B6357 and follow this to Newcastleton village.
Just before entering the village, turn right, crossing a bridge onto a minor road and follow this up a hill.
The car park is on your right at the top.
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Parking is free at the Dykecroft Visitor Centre where there are also toilets and free showers.
There isn’t a cafe onsite but there are plenty of places to grab a bit to eat in Newcastleton village.
Bikes are available for hire from Rock UK at Whithaugh Park which is roughly 3km from the trail head.Newcastleton North Shore. Image by aliweb_gt via Flickr
The 6 km blue grade Caddrouns trail is split roughly 50/50 between singletrack and forest roads. Fortunately, the forest roads are used to gain height before rewarding you with a winding smooth singletrack descent.
The 8 km Linns trail is all forest road but, with some scenic riverside riding, is a pleasant family outing. The 16 km red trail packs a lot in. What is doesn’t have are any rocks, roots, jumps or drops but it does have smooth, flowing and fun singletrack in abundance.
Nearest bike shop
You’re only 15 miles from the trails at Kielder so there’s plenty to fill a weekend.
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